Friday, January 06, 2006

Remembrance ceremony 6 months on

Tomorrow it is six months since July 7th, and myself and Kings Cross United are gathering for a short ceremony that we have written ourselves, and different people from the group will read different parts. We are not a religious or political group, but we wanted to mark the 6 months passing, with a short period of quietness and fellowship. I won't say where we are meeting tomorrow, as we don't want to be approached by the media - this is private. Afterwards we are going to the pub, which is what we do every month when we meet up. New members will join us, and they are going to be made very welcome.

I am reproducing the words of our ceremony here so people who are interested can join us in thinking about what happened and be there with us in spirit at 3.30pm in the afternoon on 7/1/05.


'We are here today in fellowship, to remember our fellow passengers from the morning of July 7th 2005. We think of them often, especially those who did not finish their journey. We think of all those who loved them and knew them. We think of the injured, the desolate and those who mourn. We think of the victims of the other London bomb attacks. We think of all those whose lives were changed by the events of 7th July. We think of the victims of all acts of terrorism'.

ALL: We hold them in our thoughts.

'We think of those who helped us on that morning and afterwards, the staff of London Underground, especially the drivers of our train and the staff of Russell Square and Kings Cross. We think of the police officers, the fire officers, the ambulance drivers, the emergency services, the doctors and nurses and surgeons. We think of the kindness of passers-by and we think of all those who love London and who thought of the people of the city on that day and who held us in their thoughts.'

ALL: We hold them in our thoughts

'We remember our fellow passengers from our train (* you can click on each name to read the obituary and use the back button to return to this page)

James Adams, Samantha Badham, Phillip Beer, Anna Brandt, Ciaran Cassidy, Rachelle Chung For Yuen, Elizabeth Daplyn, Arthur Frederick, Karolina Gluck, Gamze Gunoral,
Lee Harris, Ojara Ikeagwu, Emily Jenkins, Adrian Johnson, Helen Jones, Susan Levy, Shelley Mather, Michael Matsushita, James Mayes, Behnaz Mozakka, Mihaela Otto,
Atique Sharifi, Ihab Slimane, Christian Small, Monika Suchocka, Mala Trivedi'

ALL: We hold them in our thoughts

ALL: When we all got on the train we did not know that for some of us it would be a last journey, and that some of us would not come home.

We did not all finish our journey together, but we carry you in our hearts. To all that loved you, knew you, worked with you, miss you, our thoughts are with you.

Wherever we travel, we know that we are all fellow passengers,and we are with each other on our journey.'

Silence for one minute

A short prayer from the gentle service of Compline, at the end of the day

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake.

ALL: Amen.

If you were on the Piccadilly line train and wish to contact fellow passengers you can email us at

If you weren't on our train but feel affected by the July bombings you can talk to the 7th July Assistance Centre on 0845 054 7444.

If you want to leave a message then you can leave a comment on the blog and it will be passed on to Kings Cross United. It helps if you leave the email for fellow passengers to use as we answer the emails in our spare time and it does slow up our response to survivors if we get a lot of other mails to go through. Thank you.


Blogger Ally said...

Just to let you know I'll be thinking about you x.

January 06, 2006 8:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes, Rachel. It is good to know that you all have adopted such a positive attitude in the wake of such a disaster.

January 06, 2006 9:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wishing everyone affected all the best. Here's hope for this year.

S x

January 06, 2006 9:52 pm  
Blogger Dr. Deb said...

Six months. Wow. I'm sure in some ways the passage of time went fast and in others ways not.

January 07, 2006 1:38 am  
Blogger Holly Finch said...

dr serani....the passage of time has flown by! seems like yesterday, but yes, you're right, I can hardly remember my life before.

tomorrow we will be standing together...remembering

January 07, 2006 2:20 am  
Blogger annie mole said...

I will be thinking of you all. I wish you all the best today and hope you have a great reunion in the pub afterwards!

January 07, 2006 12:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the KCU and others... a thought from me.

be well


January 07, 2006 1:19 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thinking of all the heartache for those left behind.....

January 07, 2006 1:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for publishing the names and the links to their obits. I read them all. What a roll call - stories from all over the world. Reminds me why I love London.

January 08, 2006 12:39 am  
Blogger Cie Cheesemeister said...

My prayers to you all. For those who survived, may you in time heal from the fear and sorrow that you inevitably suffered. For those who are no longer in this world, may your souls be healed.

January 08, 2006 11:01 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi rachel,

reading the comments here..its hard to believe that 6 months has come and gone since that horrible summer day.

here in ny, this september will mark 5 full years since 9/11...and it amazes..and saddens me..that so many people have forgotten or worse yet have chosen to forget which is even sadder.

i will leave you with two words that i grew up with from my ethnic background NEVER AGAIN.


January 08, 2006 8:45 pm  

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